21 For though they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became worthless, and their senseless hearts were darkened.(A) 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools(B) 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.(C)

24 Therefore God delivered them over in the desires of their hearts(D) to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie,(E) and worshiped and served what has been created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever.(F) Amen.

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Faith and Works

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can such faith save him?

15 If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it?(A) 17 In the same way faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself.

18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.”[a] Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith by my works.(B) 19 You believe that God is one. Good! Even the demons believe—and they shudder.(C)

20 Senseless person! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless? 21 Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by works in offering Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active together with his works, and by works, faith was made complete,(D) 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,[b](E) and he was called God’s friend.(F) 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, wasn’t Rahab the prostitute also justified by works in receiving the messengers and sending them out by a different route?(G) 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

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Footnotes

  1. 2:18 The quotation may end here or after v. 18b or v. 19.
  2. 2:23 Gn 15:6

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